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University of Illinois Extension serving Christian, Jersey, Macoupin and Montgomery Counties

Montgomery County
#1 Industrial Park Dr.
Hillsboro, IL 62049
Phone: 217-532-3941
FAX: 217-532-3944
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4:30 pm

Christian County
1120 N Webster St.
Taylorville, IL 62568
Phone: 217-287-7246
FAX: 217-287-7248
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 11:30 am; 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Jersey County
201 W. Exchange St.
Suite A
Jerseyville, IL 62052
Phone: 618-498-2913
FAX: 618-498-5913
Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday 8 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4 pm and Thursday 8 am to 12 pm

Macoupin County
#60 Carlinville Plaza
Carlinville, IL 62626
Phone: 217-854-9604
FAX: 217-854-7804
Hours: Monday - Thursday 8 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4:30 pm

News Release

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HCE Members Learned about Drug Addiction & Technology at Fall Retreat

University of Illinois Extension hosted an all-day fall retreat of the Home and Community Education Association (HCE) on October 13. Thirty people attended and were from Christian, Fayette, Jersey, Macoupin, and Montgomery counties. The retreat took place at the Montgomery County Extension office in Hillsboro. HCE/HCEA members gathered to hear speakers and share in social activities.  


The retreat began at 10 AM with a welcome by Lisa Peterson, Nutrition & Wellness Educator for University of Illinois Extension Unit 18. The morning speaker was Montgomery County Undersheriff, Rick Robbins who discussed drug abuse and addiction trends, and steps citizen could take to protect themselves and others. The afternoon session was “Technology for seniors” presented by Terri Miller, Publicist for the University of Illinois Extension. Miller compared and contrasted various mobile technologies, discussed social media, and offer tips for internet safety.


HCE members also created a “Thanksgiving Tree”, by writing down what they were thankful for on paper leaves. Each one was then added to a large poster so that other members could read the comments and share.


Lunch was provided by the Macoupin County HCE chapter. Preparations are underway to organize and plan a spring HCE retreat. Anyone interested in learning more about upcoming HCE programs is encouraged to contact their local Extension office or visit:



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HCE members created a “Thanksgiving Tree” that listed what they were thankful for.

Local Contact: Lisa Peterson, Extension Educator, Nutrition and Wellness,